Today on Boston Public Radio:

Superintendent Brenda Cassellius answered questions from listeners about the state of schools, including how the district is handling the pandemic, the teacher shortage and wait lists for Boston’s exam schools. Cassellius is the superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

Superintendent Brenda Cassellius on BPR | Dec. 3, 2021

Then, we asked listeners about the omicron variant and how the pandemic is playing out in schools, including hearing from Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy.

Makinde Ogunnaike and Josh Sariñana talked about how they turn physics and neuroscience into art and poetry, and the intersection of physics and religious faith. Ogunnaike is a PhD candidate in physics at MIT, where he researches quantum systems and the new states of matter they can create. He also runs the Harvard-MIT chapter of the National Society of Black Physicists. Sariñana is a fine art photographer, a writer and neuroscience marketing professional. He’s also the director of “The Poetry of Science.

Makinde Ogunnaike and Josh Sariñana on BPR | Dec. 3, 2021

Corby Kummer weighed in on who has intellectual property claims to a recipe, and where restaurants stand with restrictions and masking. Kummer is the executive director of the food and society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Corby Kummer on BPR | Dec. 3, 2021

Andy Ihnatko discussed the latest developments in electric car technology, and Jack Dorsey’s decision to step away as CEO of Twitter. Ihnatko is a tech writer and blogger, posting at

Andy Ihnatko on BPR | Dec. 3, 2021

Sue O’Connell updated listeners on the latest news in the Cuomo family scandal after Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely from CNN. She also talked about the success of Amy Schneider, the first transgender person to make the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions. O’Connell is the co-publisher of Bay Windows and the South End News, as well as NECN's political commentator and explainer-in-chief.

Sue O'Connell on BPR | Dec. 3, 2021

We ended the show by talking with listeners about how they, as students, treated their substitute teachers, amid a teacher shortage and dire need for substitutes.